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Three Days Grace Singer All Play, No Party

Of the Oakland Press

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Don’t look for Three Days Grace frontman Adam Gontier at post-show parties these days.

After a stint in rehab to kick substance addictions in early 2005, the singer-guitarist is happy to let the other members of the Toronto rock quartet hold forth backstage while he retires to the decidedly more sedate back lounge of the tour bus.

“I know what environment I need to be in, so I just don’t participate in the partying after the shows,” says Gontier, 28, who poured his experiences into the group’s second album, “One X,” which debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 chart in June. “The other guys in the band do their thing. I just kinda go in the back of the bus and do my own thing.”

That, he says, could mean watching movies or doing some songwriting or making cell phone calls. But Gontier says he’s just as likely to hit the laptop.

“I do get on the Internet a lot,” he says. “I try to connect on MySpace with lots of fans and stuff like that.” A few celebrities are among his online friends, Gontier says, including Sacha Baron Cohen (“Borat”) and comedian Dane Cook.

“Having Dane as a friend is very cool,” he notes. “My wife had a chance to see him a long time ago in L.A. before he actually blew up. She said it was the funniest thing she’d ever seen, and to have him be someone I communicate with almost every night I’m (online) is a lot of fun.”

Three Days Grace performs Thursday (January 18th) at Harpo’s 14238 Harper, Detroit. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call (313) 824-1700 or visit www.harpos concerttheatre.com.

Web Site: www.harposconcerttheatre.com

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